Those of us who are critical of the Christian right in America often note how their views are remarkably similar on many subjects to the reactionary Muslims that they otherwise condemn, especially when it comes to sexual freedom, gay rights and women’s rights. Now Christian right leader Rick Joyner pretty much admits that in a video posted by Right Wing Watch:
I had an experience a few years ago when I was asked to be a delegate at the World Public Forum on Civilizations and Religions and it had the top Mullahs and Imams from every Islamic country … and I spent all the time I could trying to understand … and I wanted to hear their perspective; why did they hate America so much?
They had no clue that there was such a thing as Christians in America that didn’t like pornography. They saw what was coming out of Hollywood as American Christianity … And I did apologize – I understand our Republican candidates all saying “I’ll never apologize for America,” well, I did apologize for America and I won’t apologize for doing that!
I apologized for the filth and perversion coming out of Hollywood that I believe is spiritually and morally polluting multitudes all over the earth. This is one of the main reasons why Islam hates us so bad. They say “you put ‘In God We Trust’ on your money; look at this filth and perversion you’re sending all over the world.”You know what? They hate this thing that has them in bondage and they see perverting their own people and they feel that there is nothing they can do but kill us. We’ve become too perverted. They think America’s a homosexual nation, lead, ruled by homosexuals and that this perversion has gone too far, there’s nothing to do but destroy America and Americans. That’s why they think it’s their duty to kill Americans.
They were shocked; they had never heard of Evangelical Christianity, Christians that didn’t like this stuff either. But I did apologize to them. I told them I was sorry for what is coming out and I’m sorry that I haven’t been the salt that was salty enough or the light that was bright enough to keep that darkness from rising in our country the way it has.
The authoritarian and repressive ideology is the same; only the tactics differ (sometimes).